SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University baseball team picked up a big Capital Athletic Conference win over visiting Wesley College on Friday afternoon, 9-8. After falling behind in the eighth inning the Sea Gulls rallied back to shock the Wolverines and remain perfect in CAC play.
Salisbury (11-5, 4-0 CAC) got off to a quick start, jumping out to a 4-0 lead within the first three innings. Troy Miller, who was making just his second start of the season, opened the scoring in the bottom half of the second inning. After the first two batters of the inning failed to reach base Scott Ardoin drew a walk to give Miller a runner on first with two outs. In his first at-bat of the game Miller launched a two-run shot to deep right field to give the maroon and gold a 2-0 lead.
The Sea Gulls built their lead to four in the bottom half of the third inning. Pete Grasso, who turned in a solid day both at the plate and on the mound for Salisbury, tallied his first RBI of the afternoon in the third. With runners on second and third and no outs Grasso delivered a sacrifice fly to right field plating Justin Meekins.
Through the first seven innings of play the Wolverines (9-4, 2-2 CAC) managed just two hits and three base runners. Grasso totaled eight strikeouts and nine groundouts during that span holding the Wesley offense in check.
However, after Salisbury tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning the Wolverines' offense woke up. In the top of the eighth inning after getting the first two outs the third out proved difficult as Wesley plated eight runs in the inning. Overall, the Wolverines tallied four hits, drew seven walks, and sent 14 batters to the plate taking an 8-6 lead in the process.
Salisbury battled right back in the bottom half of the inning as Kevin Dean and Ardoin each tallied singles in back-to-back at-bats. Miller stepped to the plate and once again made his impact felt as he lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to score Dean cutting the deficit to just one. Later in the inning with the bases loaded Grasso came through on the offensive side driving in two RBI on a double to center field that scored both Meekins and Ardoin to give the Sea Gulls the lead, 9-8.
Connor Reeves locked down the game shutting down Wesley in the top of the ninth, retiring three straight batters to earn his first win of the season.
Overall, Grasso totaled 7 2/3 innings pitched allowing just two hits, five runs, and striking out eight batters, while posting a 3-for-3 day at the plate with three RBI. Reeves finished the afternoon going one and a third innings allowing not hits or runs and striking out one. Miller completed his day going 1-for-2 with three RBI and two runs scored.
Salisbury returns to action tomorrow, March 18, when it travels to the University of Mary Washington. The first game of the doubleheader is scheduled to start at 12 pm.